Baked Asparagus with Cheese Sauce

My Mom used to make a version of this recipe.  Recalling its seasonal, savory freshness, I chose it for my Easter table.  I enjoyed the little leftover for breakfast with a slice of sourdough toast with butter and grapefruit slices.  The toast got a little too toasty on the edges  - darn.  (I'm still not perfect!)  This was an easy delicious breakfast providing long burning energy taking me all through my morning and a great side dish to a lovely Sunday luncheon.

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Enjoy asparagus season thoroughly!  It is packed with Folate, Vitamin K, Copper, Vitamins B1 & B2, Selenium, Vitamins C & E, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Choline, Vitamin A, Iron, Zinc and more.  Asparagus also has health promoting Beta Carotene, Lutein & Zeaxanthin, Lycopene and Quercetin plus lots of fiber.  Your body needs all of this for vital energy! 

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I’ve made a few tweaks to the original recipe. 

Here’s my version of Baked Asparagus with Cheese Sauce:

INGREDIENTS:

2 lbs. fresh asparagus.  Bending asparagus spears will break them at the point where the edible delicate part and the tough part meet perfectly.  Soak in white vinegar and water for about 5 minutes.  Rinse, soak in pure water.

6 hard boiled eggs

2 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp flour (I used organic Einkorn.  Amaranth is a good gluten free choice for this recipe)

1 ½ cups whole fat milk (I used half and half because it is what I had)

½ tsp fine sea salt

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

½ cup grated gouda cheese (Fontina or Gruyere would also work well)

3 Tbsp sesame seeds (could also use buttered bread crumbs)

Tbsp walnut oil

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blanch asparagus.  (submerge in boiling water for 3 minutes and remove to ice bath to stop cooking, remove to strainer)

Melt butter, blend in flour and gradually whisk in milk.  Stirring constantly, bring sauce to just boiling.

Reduce heat to medium, keep stirring constantly with a whisk for a few minutes until thickened.

Add salt, cayenne pepper and cheese.

Stir to melt cheese.  Reduce heat to low.

Coat 8 ½ X 11 baking dish with Tbsp walnut oil.

Arrange asparagus in dish.  Top with egg slices.

Pour sauce over top, Sprinkle with sesame seeds. 

Bake 20 minutes until bubbly.

Serve piping hot & enjoy

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